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Jul 7, 2020 David Pittaway
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An interview with three of the band members from High Water Bridge. Check out their album on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jBNgyiwBhI
Topics: Music, music interview, spectral rock, High Water Bridge, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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When you encounter real beauty it’s almost as if it picks you up, and it brings you down in another space so that you see the world in a completely new way. When we realise the common humanity that we share, and how this incredible connection that we can make can so enhance our lives and our experience of one another,  that  can drive us forward to a really unified society. Contact Sharon: Sharon.Rudman@mandela.ac.za
Topics: Ideology, Discourse, Identity, Post-apartheid, South Africa, university, language
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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Lloyd kindly agreed to chat about Raggy Charters, his marine eco-tour company that receives consistently great reviews over at tripadvisor. We venture into various thematic territory: welcoming the whales, shark cage diving, difficulties in the war against plastic, a tree society, Lloyd’s time in the police, and more. Contact Lloyd and Co. over at  www.raggycharters.co.za
Topics: Lloyd Edwards, Raggy Charters, Algoa Bay, tourism, Port Elizabeth, plastic pollution, conservation,...
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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“If you enjoy something, and you’re passionate about it, you’re going to make something happen with it”. “If you break the wall of ignorance, then interest kicks in. And when interest kicks in, conservation kicks in.” Mark Marshall is known in Port Elizabeth as the local snake handler, and he kindly agreed to have a chat with me in which he reveals a bit about what makes him tick. Topics include: A little bit about Mark, the PE snake park, Bayworld and dolphins, on Mark’s...
Topics: Snakes, snake handling, mark marshall, Sandula Conservation, conservation, Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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“Gimme whiskey, gimme jamming, gimme blues.” “It’s very cliched, but it’s just so true: if you have a passion for what you’re doing, it changes everything.” Kevin Abraham joined me on the podcast to chat about his approaches to his music and business, arenas in which he has had commendable success. We talk about: Guiding principles derived from martial arts, Karate ‘then and now’, A martial art as a way of life versus its (mostly) presently popular competitive and sporting...
Topics: Music, business, business strategy, martial arts
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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…it’s a very good idea to look at the idea of nihilism; and questioning values, I think, because that is at the core of what nihilism is about – re-evaluating our values and asking, what are the values that we want, are the values that we hold ideals that exist in some utopian realm or some transcendent realm that can never be realised, or are they things that we can realise. And then I think production will also work differently, because at the moment it’s definitely focused on...
Topics: Food and Nihilism, food, nihilism, philosophy, Deleuze, Nietzsche
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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Jonathan and I met in his art studio and spoke about a lot!  Electric peanuts, India, Temples, Shifting focus from bodies to nature, What is art?, The making of art and the appreciation of art, Psychedelic aesthetic as induced by non-psychedelic experience,  The places Jonathan lived and worked, Art and the blurry distinction between individual and social endeavours, Identity, Performance art, Art as a career, And that’s where I’ll stop! Check out Jonathan’s work at ...
Topics: Art, art as process, nature
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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“When we create a conscious lifestyle, we look at all of the facets in life, and we continue to grow through them. We look at relationships, we look at what we’re eating and why, we look at how we want to live our lives, we look at how are we going to produce our own power (if we have the opportunity to), how do we earn our own money… You become a conscious and informed citizen. There are many of us. It is evolving that way, and we have to, because the other option leads to ridiculous...
Topics: Shamanism, initiations, conscious living, meditation
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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This episode has been removed at the request of the interviewee. 
Topics: Gender transition, trans-gender, art, bipolar
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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Prof. Ian Buchanan is, among other things, a leading Deleuze scholar, and he kindly joined me to discuss various aspects of assemblage theory. Our conversation branches off towards various other (sub-)topics such as: political action versus individual action, cycling, mountain climbing, a housing project in Australia a few years ago, and more.  The public lecture that Ian delivered at Nelson Mandela University on 5 November 2019 follows after our discussion – the lecture begins at approx. 1...
Topics: Deleuze, Deleuze and Guattari, Australia housing project, cycling, assemblage, assemblage theory
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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“I don’t even like to use the word ‘festival’. Because what we’re really trying to do is re-create a village and remember how to trade with each other without money, how to get and live off-grid, how to commune…” Angie Curtis and Rod Tritton are the brains behind the Learning Clan event. They kindly agreed to have a short conversation with me at the 2018 gathering. Learn more about Learning Clan here:  Learning Clan
Topics: Learning Clan, Community Exchange System, Talent System
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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“A lot of the hikers I deal with have done pretty much all of the hikes in the country. I don’t think I have ever heard anybody say there is a more tough one. It is the toughest. But everybody who does it says it’s the best one they’ve ever done too.” Dan Cornick and I met up in Hogsback and had a conversation about the astoundingly beautiful (but tough) Amatola Hiking Trail, his backpackers (aptly named Away With The Fairies), his Amatola Trails business (which services the hike),...
Topics: Amatola Hike, Away With The Fairies, Hogsback, backpackers, backpacking
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Jul 5, 2020 David Pittaway
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In this episode (originally recorded in January 2018 and re-released mid October 2019), Rudi Engelbrecht and I have a conversation about his well-established meditation practice (Vipassana style), as well as his 4500+ km walk around South Africa that ended when he and his walking friends handed a signed South African flag to Nelson Mandela. We also touch upon several different themes and topics during the conversation.   Check out the walking journey that Rudi was a part of:  Feet4Feat...
Topics: Vipassana, meditation, Buddhism, Nelson Mandela, walking around the country
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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“It was very important to just create a space where you have a sense of what it is that you want to do, but you have to let every single participant configure that space in the way that they see it, and then contribute what they contribute. And in that way if you don’t manipulate and control and try to offer people a narrative of this thing, you end up with such a rich diversity of responses.” My friends and colleagues, Prof. Andrea Hurst and Dr. Belinda du Plooy, sat down with me to...
Topics: Water Pilgrimage, University Engagement Event
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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Sean kindly shared his extensive knowledge of blockchain with me. Very informative for newbies to the topic of blockchain (like me), as well as to blockchain and technology enthusiasts, and business-minded people in general. Considering the inevitability that blockchain will eventually be integrated into so many aspects of our technologically-mediated lives, this episode is a ‘must-listen’. “If we lived in a world where blockchain was around much earlier, we would live in a world where...
Topics: Blockchain, disintermediation, trust, adding value, business, provenance
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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“What we need to do more of is to look at your verge, your area of influence, and say how do I make that a pocket of excellence…” “You have to find ways in the space that’s available to you to do the things that have meaning for you in such a way that sustains you.” Gary K is an open-water long-distance swimmer, Chairperson of Algoa Bay’s WESSA branch, Herald newspaper column writer, patient activist, pragmatic idealist, PhD candidate studying questions about race, and more! He...
Topics: WESSA, Nelson Mandela Bay, fish farms, bunkering, pockets of excellence
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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Bert kindly agreed to have another recorded conversation with me in order to elaborate on several topics that arose in our first podcast, which was a flop audio-quality wise (my bad, sorry Bert!).  We also explored a variety of new topics not covered at all in the first discussion. The quality of the first recording is terrible, so I am relieved for the chance to have another go at recording Bert – the quality of this recording is incomparably better than in the first attempt. Bert’s...
Topics: Philosophy, academia
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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Thanks to Mike for a great conversation about the passion project that is Green Renaissance. “We are a passionate collective of four creatives, on a journey to share positive stories. We make films that excite us – we call these our passion projects. Everywhere we look, we see a world filled with inspiration. Sometimes it’s capturing a conversation with someone who appreciates the true beauty in the world. Other times it’s meeting interesting people who are inspired by nature. Ordinary...
Topics: Inspirational short films, short films, Green Renaissance, Mike Raimondo
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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Anton joined me on the podcast to chat about some ideas he has after his time working for the United Nations. We start with his thoughts in this regard, and branch quite far out from there.  Follow Anton on Instagram:  LINK His less regular Tweets:  LINK A recent Thoughtleader.co.za article by Anton:  A new world awaits: Who is brave enough to imagine it?  
Topics: Mandela Rhodes Scholar, United Nations, Fulbright scholarship
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Jul 3, 2020 David Pittaway
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On this episode of The Perspective Project Podcast, Body Movement Guru Les Albrecht discusses her journey from professional dancer to full-time body-conditioning, Pilates, and yoga teacher.  The primary focus is on the illusive pelvic floor muscle, its importance, and how to use it. We branch out from there and discuss a variety of exercise-related sub-topics.  Les has worked with people from all walks of life dealing with all sorts of situations: professional athletes needing to up their...
Topics: Yoga, Pilates, Core, Pelvic floor, balance, movement